Note: This is a past article from May 07, 2015
You can find the current Las Vegas Society News article HERE
CORKS & FORKS GALA with DR. RUTH
by Dr. Adele Zorn
An exceptional event for Planned Parenthood’s
6th Annual Corks & Forks Gala was held at Meet Event Center,
downtown in Las Vegas, NV. Honorees for the
event were County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani (Chris G) and former U.S. Congresswoman
Shelley Berkely and Chris Giunchigliani
The special guest speaker was sex therapy pioneer,
Dr. Ruth speaking at Podium
The event featured a silent auction as well as a
live Auction, and a served dinner.
Speakers from Planned Parenthood spoke of the good
works being done in Southern Nevada’s Las Vegas. Planned
Parenthood is the largest U.S. provider of reproductive health services,
including cancer screening,
HIVscreening, counseling, contraception and
The organization had its roots in Brooklyn, New
Margaret Sanger opened the country's first birth-control clinic.
Sanger founded the American
Birth Control League in 1921, which in 1942 became part of the Planned Parenthood
Federation of America. Since then, Planned Parenthood has grown to have over
820 clinic locations in the U.S., with a total budget of US $1 billion. PPFA
provides an array of services to over three million people in the United
States, and supports services for over one million clients outside the
Honoree, Chris Giunchigliani was given an Award and spoke about
responsibility for Family Rights and Civil rights. Chris G said Planned
Parenthood needs as many legislators as possible for abortion rights.
Honoree Chris G (center) speaking at podium
A young woman gave a
testimonial about how she was helped by Planned Parenthood.
Another honoree, Former
Congresswoman Shelley Berkley was given an Award and spoke about her
experience as a young woman with Planned Parenthood. Shelley acknowledged
the important work they do.
Honoree Shelley Berkley speaking at Podium
Dinner was served and
the menu was:
: Roasted Beet & Orange Salad with Goat Cheese, Organic
and Citrus Vinaigrette.
Entrée: Duet of Slowly Braised Brisket bundle
with Sherry Wild Mushroom Sauce
and Fresh Sole Filet filled with Spinach toped with
Brioche Crumbs Potato Mousseline and Farm Fresh Vegetables
Desert: Sweet Ending of Lemon Ricotta
Mascarpone Cream and
Flourless Chocolate Cake with Rich Expresso Chocolate Sauce
and Whipping cream.
Dr. Ruth Westheimer was then introduced and talked about how
things have changed about sex since she started her career as a sex
therapist on radio. She gave some examples, such as the word pregnant could
not be said; instead they would say “she’s with child.” I must say I know
what she meant. I too was a credentialed sex therapist/sexologist pioneer in
this field, even before Dr. Ruth. I remember when I was teaching human
sexuality at the college level and was asked to speak to prisoners, I was not allowed to mention homosexuality
because same sex was a felony at that time. Dr. Ruth and I have known each
other for many years, and her becoming so well-
known was very helpful to me.
Dr. Ruth says humor is
very important when talking about sex. She said a man was trying for 4
months to find the G spot. She said now women also have to take the
initiative. They actually did in times past by dropping their handkerchief.
Sometimes it worked, but sometimes her handkerchief remained on the floor.
She made the audience to be honorary Jewish and said in conception a boy
baby will be born if the woman reaches orgasm before the man ejaculates.
She spoke about positions, orgasm, pre-
ejaculation, fantasy, 50 Shades of Grey and more. Although the sound could
have been better, the audience really enjoyed her talk.
The event was extremely
successful. Although Planned Parenthood hoped to raise $20,000 an over the
top $33,000 was raised. In addition individual
donations from the audience brought in many thousands of dollars. Graham Crow from Seattle, a professional auctioneer for
charities M.C.d the auctions and donations.
Auctioneer Graham Crow
Some of the Silent Auction items
thanked the many volunteers who worked so hard for the Gala
Volunteers with Dr. Ruth
The packed event room
was filled with many VIP’s from different walks of life. Some of them are